Port St. Joe commissioners, striving for elusive consensus on plans for the 10th Street Park for months, will try again during a Tuesday workshop.
The workshop is scheduled for 5 p.m. ET, immediately prior to the regular bi-monthly Commission meeting at 6 p.m. ET.
The central question, judging by several recent meetings and a workshop, is whether an hour will be enough.
It was not during the most recent meeting of the county parks committee pertaining to the project.
Three of the past four city meetings have had the park debate consume, on average, 60 minutes each round.
At issue is a conceptual plan, now on Version 6A, though it is technically the seventh draft, which in its varying forms has had little appeal for the most vocal critics of the plan, nearly all of whom live adjacent to the park.
Their argument, the park as it is, in its current footprint, is an attractive neighborhood park, though some local residences are prone to flooding in heavy rains.
In addition, some of those who participate in the softball and baseball, particularly the adults, have not always acted much like neighbors.
Those issues, mixed in with questions about traffic and safety if the park is expanded, have critics, particularly the neighbors, questioning the wisdom of park expansion.
And those concerns have been a major voice dividing city commissioners in what has become something of a warming potato for local elected officials, county and city.
For several months, former Commissioner Rex Buzzett urged city commissioners toward agreement on a plan to present to the county.
Waste time, Buzzett warned several times, and the county may just walk away from the idea.
Even though the concept of improving the 10th Street Park started a year ago with the Board of County Commissioners, wishing to focus away from a sports complex on Field of Dreams Drive while spending revenue from a fifth bed tax penny aimed at parks and recreation – and, initially, Field of Dreams.
That idea of more than a decade, a joint venture for a sports complex across from the Gulf/Franklin Center, included in a wide-ranging interlocal agreement, was abandoned by both city and county officials after the Great Recession.
County commissioners will have the final say on whether or not it will spend more than $800,000 of bed tax dollars on the project, but have put the burden of a final plan on the city.
And that is where the process had bogged since the first conceptual plan was unveiled, and unanimously approved by city and county, early this year.